OHNOVA – Interview
Interview with Paul Morton (Bass/Vocals) of OHNOVA and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Paul: We’re an Alternative Rock band with flavours of Desert Rock, Hard Rock and whatever else we fancy throwing in at the time.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Paul: Matthew and I met in 2013, we played in another band for years before it fell through. In 2018, we decided to try something new. We met Ciaran that Summer and he gelled with us immediately. From there we wrote our first EP ‘I Can’t Sleep’ really quickly and put it out early 2019, we’ve been writing, playing and keeping on ever since.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Paul: We love bands like Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Don Broco. But we like a bit of everything, Matthews even into something called ‘Shadow Rap’ so our tastes are all over the shop. As for non-musical influences I know each of us owe a lot of who we are and what we like to our parents.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Paul: I mean, all our immediate personal goals at the moment are toilet paper based. But I suppose band-wise we want to get our music to as many people as possible. We’d also love to play across the UK and beyond.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Paul: We all write and collaborate together on music. Any one of us could come in with a full song, a riff or an idea and we work it all out together until we’ve made something that we can truly be proud of.
Lyrically, the songs can be about anything, I write about stories I’ve heard, personal experiences or even just about what I’m feeling at any moment. That said, most of the songs end up taking a dark topic and giving it a positive twist. For me rock music always gave me the strength to get through the worst in life with a smile. That’s what we want people to feel when they listen to us.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Paul: All the usual online ways really, Facebook, Instagram and the like. We like to have a laugh so often we’ll promote through daftness. Like our music videos for example, we wanted to take dark lyrics and show the message in a way that makes people laugh. We try not to be too salesy, and we’re horrendous at networking so we’re probably not the poster boys for band promotion.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Paul: I’m more of a streaming man myself, but I see its value. If you want to support a band one of the best ways (other than buying merch or attending shows) is to download their music directly from them.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Paul: So many songs, too many songs. I’m very much the kind of guy that will hear something and go ‘How did they do that? I could never write that, I’m awful, I should quit’. Off the top of my head, I’d say ‘You Do Something to Me’ by Paul Weller. I think it’s the perfect song, lyrically, musically and in its mood. Also, more recently ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ by Post Malone, I love that song.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Paul: I’m pretty laid back for the most part. I can get stressed if things don’t work the way they’re meant to though. Like I hate being late, honestly, my skin crawls and I get so wound up it’s unreal. I don’t understand how people live like that.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Paul: The first time that people started singing along to our song ‘Heavy Smile’, it was sincerely one of the coolest and best moments ever.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Paul: On April 3rd 2020 we release our new single ‘Nobody Move’. It’s sincerely the best song we’ve ever written and we couldn’t love it more. Hopefully, other people feel the same. It covers so many bases, it’s melodic, dance-y but with a massive rock chorus. We recorded it with Bruce Rintoul who did the Vukovi albums and he just made it sound brilliant.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Paul: Well, obviously at the moment pretty much all shows are being cancelled. Our next scheduled one is ButeFest 2020 in July. In the meantime, we’re working on some ways to keep people entertained while we’re all having to isolate and keep ‘socially distant’. If that sounds interesting to anyone just search ‘ohnova band’ and you’ll find us.